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Author Archives: Harlan Luxenberg

Are you tired of managing messy data sets with Excel? So are many of our colleagues, so we wrote a short post about certain situations that fellow evaluators may want to consider using a database instead of Excel. You can read it on AEA’s daily blog: http://aea365.org/blog/harlan-luxenberg-on-when-to-use-a-database-solution-instead-of-excel/  

Posted in Data visualization, General |

Harlan Luxenberg recently coauthored a White Paper that assesses the status of bullying in the United States with Sue Limber of Clemson University and Dan Olweus of the University of Bergen, Norway. The paper analyzed a sample of 20,000 Olweus Bullying Questionnaires that were administered to 300,000 students in grades 3-12 during the 2012 school [...]

Posted in General, PDA in Print |

Over the years we have worked on multiple projects where we needed to do one or more of the following: report to a diverse set of stakeholders about program outcomes report on the comparability of outcomes across multiple projects or summative outcome targets create report cards or dashboard-like reports for multi-site evaluations In our search [...]

Posted in General |

Ever wonder how big PDA is or wanted to place a face with a name? Well, now you can with our updated staff webpage which has new photos and updated bios for all staff! All pictures were taken by a wonderful local photographer, Render Photography.  

Posted in General, PDA Staff |

Lija Greenseid, a senior evaluator at PDA, recently wrote a post for the American Evaluation Association’s tip-a-day blog, also known as aea365. Lija’s post provided some tips on conducting mixed-mode surveys. To read her full aea365 post, click here. She will also discuss mixed-mode surveys in AEA’s coffee break webinar on Thursday, April 26th from [...]

Posted in General |

Media Evaluator Jacob Depue will be presenting a poster at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s annual conference in Houston, Texas.  The poster, Targeting “Connectors” in a Statewide Tobacco Control Media Campaign, examines the role of connectors in diffusing health media content through interpersonal communication. Connectors are individuals who are active and influential [...]

Posted in General |

Lija Greenseid, Michael Luxenberg, and Matthew Christenson are co-authors with colleagues at ClearWay MinnesotaSM and the University of Minnesota on a new peer-reviewed journal article. The article is entitled, “The relation between media promotions and service volume for a statewide tobacco quitline and a web-based cessation program.” The article examines the impact of anti-tobacco media campaigns [...]

Posted in PDA in Print |

PDA was recently awarded a contract from the North Dakota Department of Health to evaluate the Quitline and QuitNet tobacco cessation programs.  The North Dakota Tobacco Quitline and QuitNet Cessation Programs are components of a comprehensive tobacco control effort being developed and implemented by the North Dakota Department of Health and guided by best practices [...]

Posted in General |

PDA Vice President, Anne Betzner, and Senior Evaluator, Melissa Chapman-Haynes, each gave birth to healthy baby boys about 36 hours apart last week in the same hospital in Minneapolis.  Anne’s son, William Connor Bradford, was born at 7:43 am on Thursday, January 5th and Melissa’s son, David Antoine Haynes III, was born at 9:30 pm [...]

Posted in PDA Staff |

PDA has maintained our high standards of data security by utilizing features in the LimeSurvey online surveying software.  Specifically, because LimeSurvey is open source and can be installed on a company’s servers, PDA is able to control access to the survey data so that no one else, including a web hosting company, can access it. [...]

Posted in General, LimeSurvey |